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UPDATE: Mexico Hotel Blast Yields Charges Against Employees

In the blast that killed seven people and injured 18 last November at a Playa del Carmen, Mexico resort, charges have now been filed for manslaughter, negligence causing injury and professional misconduct, reports the Vancouver Sun. The blast went through one of the hotel’s lobbies and the entire property was subsequently closed for a week, following the discovery of propane and waste water leaks.

Canadian Vacation.jpgNames of those charged were not released but according to the Sun, they included both hotel employees and non-employees. The Grand Riviera Princess Hotel was fined $481,000 in December for modified propane installations that failed to conform with the original building plans.

Five Canadians were killed in the blast; three of their families have filed homicide complaints. Three additional Canadian families have filed complaints for injuries.

The Sun reports that the attorney general for the Mexican State of Quintana Roo, Francisco Alor, told the Mexican newspaper Reforma in December: “There’s wrongful death and someone is going to go to jail for this or face justice.”

Resort Torts are cases of civil liability for negligent or criminal acts that arise out of a resort, vacation or recreational setting. Hazards can include premises liability such as trip and falls, violent crime/negligent security, defective premises design or layout, defective products, transportation negligence (plane crashes, car crashes, boating mishaps), medical malpractice provided by an innkeeper or cruise ship and many other types of dangers.

Resort Torts can encompass a vast array of types of cases but they all have one thing in common: tourists, business travelers and locals alike are all exposed to risk while traveling, vacationing or engaging in resort or pleasure activities.